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Industry questions, skepticism bubble up around Mets' front office opening

Mets Owner Steve Cohen is one factor driving skepticism from prospective candidates for the club's president of baseball operations roleGETTY IMAGES

As the Mets transition to a different list of candidates for their president of baseball operations position, the question "shouldn’t be who else is on the Mets’ wish list," but "why a job leading this big-market team with deep pockets doesn’t seem to be as desirable as it ought to be," according to Brittany Ghiroli of THE ATHLETIC. Within the industry there are "all sorts of questions about the Mets job," and a "confluence of factors driving skepticism from prospective candidates," including club Owner Steve Cohen and President Sandy Alderson. But there is "another potential issue lurking, regarding the curious timing of the promotion of Alderson’s son, Bryn," who along with Ian Levin was "promoted to assistant general manager this summer when the Mets didn’t have a GM or president of baseball operations." Alderson has said that his "preference would be to transition fully to the business side." But there is "skepticism within the industry that it would even be feasible," and some in the game have "pointed out that Bryn is now in a high-ranking position on the baseball side regardless." The dynamic of having a "high-powered father-son duo is a potentially concerning component for any new front-office hire." Sources said that it is one that has "adversely come into play before in the Mets’ current organizational structure" (THEATHLETIC.com, 10/20).

CLOCK IS TICKING: In N.Y., Deesha Thosar notes the Mets may now have to "shift to a different front-office structure than they previously had in mind." Much like last year, when Cohen and Alderson could not land a president of baseball operations, they "pivoted to hiring a GM and assistant GM." With the Mets "unable to land one of the big three candidates," there may be a "repeat of that format simply because, even though it’s only October, the clock is ticking." MLB's annual GM meetings will take place on Nov. 9, and the Mets "would like to have a unit in place by then." That leaves Cohen and Alderson "less than two weeks to conduct their interviews and start making hires" (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 10/21).

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